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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

  • Hoyt Sherman Place
  • Address: 1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • January 21, 2017
  • From: 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Phone: (515) 244-0507
  • Price: $45, $65, $75
Overview

Imagine wandering into a nightclub somewhere on the outskirts of time. A classic jukebox in the corner plays timeless music with oddly familiar modern lyrics, incongruously marrying the 21st century party vibe of Miley Cyrus or the minimalist angst of Radiohead is incongruously married with the crackly warmth of a vintage 78 or the plunger-muted barrelhouse howl of a forgotten Kansas City jazzman. The dance floor is full of revelers twerking in poodle skirts, while at the bar well-heeled hipsters balance a martini in one hand with a smartphone in the other.

If such a place actually exists, no doubt the soundtrack is Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox . Founded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2009, the ensemble reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown -- or, as Bradlee himself puts it, "pop music in a time machine." The band parlayed a series of YouTube videos shot in Bradlee's Queens living room into massive success, accruing more than 500 million YouTube views and over 2 million subscribers, an appearance on Good Morning America , and performances at packed houses across the globe.

 

 

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox